Best Selling Cars of 2021 so far and the seat covers we recommend
The best-selling car models of 2021 so far and which of our seat covers will fit.
1. Vauxhall Corsa
Number of registrations 27,381
With handsome new looks and a range of powertrain options, Vauxhalls new super mini relaunched last year, including a pure-electric variant packing a competitive 208-mile range. The refresh seems to have done the trick, and the Corsa has stormed ahead in the first seven months of 2021, ahead of even the Ford Fiesta!
The Corsa nearly made top spot last year but a strong start to 2020 meant that Ford's ever-popular supermini just pipped the Vauxhall to the post.
Sales have been good in the first half of the year but July and August were not the Corsa’s best — last month it was seventh in the best-selling cars, no doubt a direct result of supply issues rather than waning popularity.
2. Ford Fiesta
Number of registrations 24,578
Crowned the UK’s most popular car the last 2 years running, the Fiesta has had a slow start to the year in sales numbers. In fact, last month Ford’s Puma crossover topped the sales charts, with the Fiesta dropping to eighth.
The Fiesta currently finds itself just a few thousand sales off the top spot, so don’t discount the Ford to reach the top again by the end of the year. The Fiesta is repeatedly called one of the best in its category thanks to its packaging, ride and handling.
3. Volkswagen Golf
Number of registrations 22,997
Having such a number of variants means that there’s something bearing the Golf name for nearly everyone, and the Golf doesn’t show any signs of losing its popularity.
4. Mercedes-Benz A Class
Number of registrations 22,731
A runaway success for Mercedes, the A Class has earned its top four spot this year thanks to it's class interior and refinement, as well an abundance of choice: on top of a couple of hot hatch versions in the Mercedes-AMG A35 and A45, there is also a saloon version of the car.
5. Ford Puma
Number of registrations 22,654
The crossover SUV has proved the naysayers wrong by delivering what is one of the best-handling and most practical cars in its class.
Jeremy Clarkson, said that it seemed to be designed by “an actual person who leads an actual life”.
Its excellent reception has translated to superb sales figures, and the Puma was August’s best-selling car overall, beating the Fiesta and Corsa superminis.
6. Volkswagen Polo
Number of registrations 20,362
Excellent road manners and comfort, class-leading tech and good use of space. There’s also the upmarket R-Line for those who want extra gadgets and refinement, plus a spunky Polo GTI for those who find the regular model doesn’t quite tickle their fancy. Get them before they're gone as the new model is just around the corner.
7. Kia Sportage
Number of registrations 20,296
Having received something of a makeover in 2020 it can now be ordered in a range of variants: two or four-wheel drive, a manual or automatic gearbox, and petrol or diesel mild hybrid.
The Kia faces some competition though, not least from the Nissan Qashqai, which has just been relaunched...again, though as with the VW Polo, a new Sportage is also due to arrive this year, which means good deals should be about. And, as with any Kia, an unbeatable seven-year warranty makes it a reliable purchase.
8. Toyota Yaris
Number of registrations 19,605
The Toyota Yaris all-new version launched this year, with an efficient hybrid powertrain and sporty styling, has made it even more desirable. It’s not as spacious as some other models in its class, though, and CVT transmissions aren’t for everyone.
9. BMW 3 Series
Number of registrations 18,465
BMW’s family saloon rocketed to the midfield of the best-seller list. It fell from fifth to ninth place in March/April, and has now dropped near the bottom of the top 10 list. All that said, it's still impressive for a premium family saloon car.
10. Nissan Qashqai
Number of registrations 18,417
With the new model now being delivered, the Qashqai didn’t appear in the top 10 best-selling models for August, but it’s likely the model will climb back up the charts before the year end.